I remember making this craft with my grandma when I was 6 or so. I’ve been wanting to do it with my kids for ages but I never seemed to have wax paper on hand. Finally, I remembered to pick some up at the store!
All you need for this craft is wax paper, some leaves, and an iron. Some white glue might be helpful but isn’t necessary.
First, go out and pick a bunch of pretty leaves with the kids! Help them to pick brightly coloured ones that are dry and aren’t torn up.
When you get home, tear out 2 sheets of wax paper for each child. Lay 1 sheet waxy side up and have them arrange their leaves on it. We used some white glue to stick them down so that the leaves wouldn’t fall off when I brought their projects to the iron. Try to make sure that the leaves are all nice-side up.
When they are happy with how their leaves are placed, Put the other sheet of wax paper on top, waxy side down. Try to make sure that there is a border along the edge with no leaves so that you can get a good seal.
With a hot iron (no steam) iron the wax paper together. The wax will melt and bond together. You can trim the edges to make them straight if you’d like.
Voila! You kids now have a handmade autumn placemat, or window decoration, or wall hanging! They can also make small ones and make cardboard picture frames for them to give as gifts.
Do you have an autumn craft to share? Leave a link in the comments.